The Glenville State Pioneers (8-3, 7-1) broke open a close game with 17 points in the final 35 seconds of the first half as they claimed their first WVIAC title since 2001 this afternoon from Morris Stadium, with a 50-20 win against Charleston (7-4, 5-3).
The Pioneers took a 21-7 lead when Jerry Seymour rambled seven yards for a touchdown with 35 seconds left in the first half. Randy Dobie then returned a fumble for a touchdown at the 0:19 mark. Following an Eric Turner interception, Alex Amick drilled a 37-yard field goal for a GSC 31-7 lead at the half.
Seymour, who rushed for a pair of touchdowns and 237 yards on 36 carries, established a new WVIAC single season rushing record with 2282 yards on the season. The Central Michigan transfer ends his GSC career sixth on the WVIAC all-time rushing list with 3996 yards in only 22 career games as a Pioneer.
Additionally, James McCants tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Brian Miles for GSC. Amick was 6-for-6 on point afters and booted a pair of field goals.
GSC would open the scoring as they put together a 13 play, 80 yard drive capped off by a 5yd McCants’ to Miles TD pass, just a minute into the 2nd quarter.
UC would answer right back with a scoring drive of their own mounting an 8 play, 63 yard drive ending with a 9 yard TD run up the middle by Ron Sutherland.
Both teams would trade possessions, and the Pioneers would quickly go to work. McCants would again find Miles, this time on a 52 yard post route over the middle for a TD to make it 14-7 with 5:39 to go in the half.
Glenville State owned a 408-218 edge in total offense.
Scott Sears,Kaleb Lawrence and Terrell Parker paced the GSC Defense. Sears recorded 9 tackles, 1 for a loss and forced a fumble. Lawrence recorded eight tackles, 3 for a loss. Parker recorded, 6 tackles, 2 for a loss, forced a fumble and returned an interception for a TD.
Brian Lee led UC with 70 yards on only three carries, including a 69-yard fourth quarter touchdown rush